Have you ever heard of MW Motors? No, you haven’t. Let me fill you in: MW is a Czech firm that, this week, unveiled what it said on its website was, “Not a concept.” The car, they insist, is “real.” It’s an electric called the Luka EV, and even if this is car is never made, I think it looks good, so there’s that.
Aesthetically, it’s retro, which is always a crowd-pleaser. MW announced the car with a YouTube video posted on Monday. MW says it’s, “the first production car to use in-wheel hub motors.”
MW—slogan “We challenge the norm”—also says on its website that the car will have a motor on each wheel making 66 horsepower. It also says the range will be 300 kilometers, or around 186 miles. The top speed is 90 mph. It goes zero to 60 in 9.6 seconds. It weighs approximately 1,800 pounds. All of these claims carry this not-exactly-assuring-caveat: “*Unofficial in-house testing. We will upgrade specifications once we have all details proven by a certified testing laboratory.”
So... Sure! What do we know about MW Motors, itself? Not much, and not even Google is that forthcoming, though here’s a years-old interview with its founder, Maurice Ward.
Here’s how Ward describes his team:
There is a team of people involved with the LUKA EV. In addition to myself, there are four guys who work at the IT department in my company, each of whom have donated their time to the project. Various other employees and friends have also contributed their time, ideas and expertise. We have now employed one full-time person and one contractor to work full-time on the project.
So, Ward and some friends tooling around. Why not.
They’ve previously also talked about a made-for-the track car called the Exodia. Will we ever see either of these cars? We can only hope.
“This means we will always improve everything all the time. We do not overpromise,” MW says on its website. “We are aware of our size and our capabilities and we know we are a niche player.”
At any rate, the Luka EV reminded us a lot of a Reliant Sabre. Good looking car, the Sabre.